What You Need to Know About Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas

If you are a U.S citizen and have a close, family member who wants to immigrate to the U.S., an Immediate Relative Immigrant visa may come in handy. The idea is basically to unite family members who are separated by country. Here is everything you need to know about immediate relative immigrant visas.  

What are Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas?
The immediate relative visa is a type of visa designed specifically for U.S citizens looking to unite with family members who live out of the country. However, this only includes members of the nuclear family, meaning parents, children, and spouses. Other family members such as grandparents, siblings, or cousins cannot apply for the immediate relative visas.  

Once the visa is approved, the family member receives a visa that allows them to move and live permanently in the U.S. They can also look for a job without the need of an employment authorization document (aka “work permit”), get a Social Security number, and get a driver’s license. The biggest advantage of the immediate relative visa is that, unlike other types of visas such as the employment-based visas, they do not come with a yearly visa issuance limit.

Types of Immediate Relative Visas
There are five main types of immediate relative visas:  

  • IR-1 visa – issued to the spouse of a US citizen  
  • IR-2 visa – issued to the children of a US citizen (must be unmarried and under the age of 21)  
  • IR-3 visa – designed for orphan children who are adopted by a US citizen abroad
  • IR-4 visa – issued to orphan children to be adopted by a US citizen
  • IR-5 visa – issued to parents of a US citizen who is 21 years of age or older

Requirements of Immediate Relative Visas  
The requirements for the five types of immediate relative visas are different.  The application process can be time-consuming and confusing.

If you need legal assistance on this or any other immigration law issue, Katrina Zafiro has you covered. With several years of experience in Family and Immigration law, she has vast knowledge of both fields and can help you settle your matter as efficiently as possible. Call now at 206-547-9906 to get started.

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